Melasma Condition and Treatment

SPECTRUM DERMATOLOGY | SCOTTSDALE & GREATER PHOENIX, ARIZONA

There are many types of hyperpigmentation, and melasma can be one of the most challenging to treat. It is a common skin condition that can cause brown or gray patches on the skin, most commonly on the face. Melasma is most often found on the cheeks, nose, chin, forehead, and across the upper lip. However, it can also appear on any skin that is regularly exposed to the sun, such as the neck and arms.

Prevention is one of the biggest ways to treat melasma. Protecting the skin from sun exposure through regular sunscreen application, wearing loose and protective clothing, and avoiding the sun are all ways to avoid developing melasma. However, if melasma is already present, there are a variety of methods for treating this stubborn type of hyperpigmentation.

Melasma Treatment | Spectrum Dermatology, Scottsdale, Phoenix

Who Gets Melasma?

Prevention is one of the biggest ways to treat melasma. Protecting the skin from sun exposure through regular sunscreen application, wearing loose and protective clothing, and avoiding the sun are all ways to avoid developing melasma. However, if melasma is already present, there are a variety of methods for treating this stubborn type of hyperpigmentation.

Along with hormonal fluctuations and a genetic predisposition to melasma, certain skin care products can also cause the disorder. This can happen even if you have been using the product for many years. It is common for people, including adults, to develop seemingly sudden reactions to trusted products. This can make it difficult to pinpoint the cause of melasma or any skin condition. Similar to contact dermatitis, an allergic reaction that occurs when skin comes in contact with certain chemicals or products, melasma may be triggered by something you use on a daily basis.

Working with the professionals at Spectrum Dermatology can help you determine both the cause and best treatment course for melasma. Avoiding triggers is going to be the simplest and easiest way to avoid future breakouts. Remember that sunscreen is not fully effective by itself. Sun is the most common trigger of melasma, and it may be a good idea to protect yourself further by making changes like wearing wide-brimmed hats. Your dermatologist will work with you to develop strategies for protecting your skin from UV rays.

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Treating Melasma

Finding a treatment for melasma can be a multi-pronged approach. This type of hyperpigmentation is exceptionally stubborn, and only working with a skilled dermatologist can help you achieve the results you want. Some of the most common treatments include prescription-grade bleaching creams, lotions with vitamin A, and chemical peels. Removing layers of affected skin can be a great help, and there are a variety of methods to do so. However, sometimes melasma is present below the levels of skin that can be treated with milder approaches such as Dermaplane or peels.

More severe cases of melasma might be treated with a number of laser skin treatments. Spectrum Dermatology is home to one of the largest collections of lasers in the Phoenix and Scottsdale areas. Each of the four locations is equipped with state-of-the-art laser technology that can be helpful in removing melasma. Pregnant women can rest assured that every treatment is safe for themselves and their unborn child.

If a prescription-grade medication is the best course of action for you, it is understandable that you want to begin treatment right away. Spectrum Dermatology is one of the few dermatology clinics that is accredited through the Physician Dispensing Association (PDA). This certification lets the clinic prescribe and dispense medication in the same appointment. There is no wait for prescriptions, and it is not necessary to go to a pharmacy to fill your prescription. You can take your medication with you when you leave, and start treating your melasma faster.

Melasma is not dangerous. Only certain types of hyperpigmentation are potential signs of skin cancer. Since melasma is a benign disorder, there is no need for a biopsy or worry over skin cancer. However, only a dermatologist can diagnose melasma. It can be very risky to self-diagnose or avoid treating a skin change, since it always has the potential to be a more serious condition.

Contact Spectrum Dermatology About Melasma

Spectrum Dermatology is your center for preventing and treating melasma. We offer a wide range of medical and cosmetic treatment options, and specialize in more difficult types of hyperpigmentation like melasma. You can contact us at (480) 948-8400 or schedule an appointment online today.

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